Warzone Season 4 arrives on June 22, bringing the brand-new Resurgence-style Fortune’s Keep map. But that’s not all, as the devs have revealed the major changes coming to Caldera in the Season 4 update.
Warzone’s Caldera has seen significant change since its arrival in December 2020. With the introduction of Redeploy Balloons, the Underground Transit System, a lighting overhaul, and new POIs, it plays almost completely different from how it did at launch.
Although most of Season 4‘s hype surrounds the new Fortune’s Keep map, Raven Software aren’t letting Caldera gather dust. While discussing Season 3 with CharlieIntel, Warzone’s Director Ted Timmins teased that Season 4 will bring “one of the biggest shifts Caldera has had since launch.”
With the new season fast approaching, Warzone’s devs have revealed the Caldera we’ll see in Season 4.
Warzone Season 4 Caldera map changes
Call of Duty revealed the new Caldera map on June 15, stating that there will be “new micro-POIs,” “Secret underground Mercenary Vaults,” and 50% less vegetation for better visibility.
The devs released a blog on June 20 showcasing more details of all these changes coming to Caldera, including a fan-favorite location from Verdansk. You can check out the full Caldera map for Season 4 and the changes coming below.
Players quickly spotted that Verdansk’s Storage Town has now appeared to the southwest of Mines, replacing the ancient ruins that were there before.
The POI remains mostly intact with how players remember it on Verdansk, however there are some changes. For example, “because it is built on the side of a hill, this version of Storage Town offers solid sightlines to adjacent areas, rather than being caught between a massive swimming pool structure and other high ground.”
POI and Environment Updates
The devs have also been hard at work to improve Caldera existing POIs and landscape, reducing the “lush jungles and expansive foliage” for better clarity while playing.
Players will now find various micro-POIs across Caldera, including “small camps cropping up from outside the Resort to the Runway.” Players will be able to find a “new military camp that takes up the open space above the tunnel east of the Summit.”
In the Capital, there is now “scaffolding and bridges” that link the buildings together for more fluid gameplay in the POI. Players will now be able to effortlessly move from one rooftop to another in the Capital, especially around the “busy central district that contains the Fire Station and apartment complexes.”
At Dig Site, the massive skulls and bones have been removed thanks to a “successful excavation,” which means there is now less cover in the POI.
Players can now find a ship in the drydock at Arsenal, which provides an opportunity for more loot and close-quarters combat in the POI.
In Caldera’s hottest drop, Peak, the devs have decided to implement “new staircases and sight alterations” to make it easier to maneuver around the POI.
Further, north of the main Peak building, there will be a new industrial micro-POI which is described as a “great place to stock up on supplies.” This will be a great place to drop for those who are looking to get looted up away from the madness of Peak.
The blog also details the areas across Caldera where the water has dried out due to an “unexpected heatwave.” This includes Village, Docks, and various other places on Caldera where there used to be rivers and other bodies of water.
The devs feel this should improve movement in these areas and also provide opportunities to find more loot.
Caldera Bunker changes
There are also some changes coming to the seven main bunkers on Caldera. In Warzone Pacific Season 4, these main Bunkers are now controlled by mercenaries, and so to access them you need a Key Card.
Players will be able to find these Key Cards in Supply Boxes, Contracts, and even enemy players who have found them during the match. Once picked up, it is bound to the player and can “only be used once on any of the seven bunkers.”
The Bunkers contain “Gold, Weapons, Equipment, and more,” which is perfect for a squad who are hungry to secure a victory.
There you have it, that’s all the changes coming to Caldera for the Warzone Pacific Season 4 update.
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Warzone players call for major LMG buffs as Assault Rifles dominate meta
Warzone players are sick of Assault Rifles dominating the meta so are calling for LMGs to receive major buffs.
Although supposed to be long-range powerhouses, with a few exceptions, LMGs have never broken into Warzone’s meta for long. Claiming that LMGs have no identity, players are calling for major buffs.
Although weapons come and go from Warzone’s meta, how the guns behave has almost always stayed the same. Players always stick with a long-range weapon with low recoil and a large mag size, and a lightweight SMG with a fast TTK.
The long-range weapon has almost always been an Assault Rifle or an LMG that’s been built to act like an Assault Rifle, and players are growing tired of it. With a couple more Warzone Pacific seasons left and Warzone 2 on the horizon, players are calling for major LMG buffs so they’ll have their own identity.
Reddit user IonlyPlayAOE3 explained why LMGS have a “sh*t identity” in Warzone, laying much of the blame on Vanguard weapons’ ten attachments. They explained that an Assault Rifle can do everything that an LMG can, especially by holding at least 60 rounds.
Many players agreed, wanting an Assault Rifle to become a middle ground between LMGs and SMGs. “They should lose to LMGs at range, and lose to SMGs up close, but be a decent middle ground,” explained Shielo34.
However, some worried that buffing LMGs would just make them replace Assault Rifles in the meta. Instead of giving LMGs straight buffs, some suggested lowering Assault Rifles’ magazine size.
Warzone players were starting to catch on to Season 4’s UGM-8 LMG and its burst-fire barrel, but the devs were quick to nip that in the bud with the June 30 update. With the NZ-41 now nerfed as well, we’ll need to wait and see how the post-nerf UGM fits into the Season 4 meta.
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Warzone’s best attachments received major nerfs in June 30 update
Warzone’s most popular weapon attachments received notable nerfs in the Season 4 June 30 update patch, and could shake up the meta.
Warzone Pacific Season 4 received a plethora of balancing adjustments in the June 30 patch, with some of the best attachments in the game getting significant nerfs.
The June 30 Warzone Pacific patch brought a ton of weapon balancing changes in Season 4, including a nerf to the popular NZ-41, which the developers felt had become too overpowered over the last season.
Warzone Pacific Season 4’s June 30 update patch included nerfs to the Lengthened ammo type, MX Silencer muzzle, and M1941 Handstop underbarrel. These attachments are popular choices on Assault Rifle loadouts.
The MX Silencer and Lengthened ammo type boost your weapon’s accuracy and bullet velocity respectively. The June 30 update gave both of these attachments received a 3% reduction in muzzle velocity.
Meanwhile, the M1941 Handstop underbarrel’s recoil control has been changed to 3.5% down from 4%. While this seems like a minor change, it can actually greatly affect your loadout’s effectiveness in combat.
Since the MX Silencer, M1941 Handstop, and Lengthened are all popular choices for multiple weapons, it’s extremely likely that these attachment nerfs are going to greatly impact Warzone players’ loadout builds.
While the update brought various nerfs to different weapons and attachments, it also featured buffs to Vanguard’s Warzone weapons, as the 3-Line, Kar98k, and Type 99 all received an increase in bullet velocity.
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Warzone expert reveals genius trick to instantly get Loadout Drop
Getting a Loadout Drop early is key to surviving Warzone’s early game but there’s a way to get your loadout in a matter of seconds.
Getting your loadout as soon as possible is vital to winning in Call of Duty: Warzone and pro player IceManIsaac has revealed a genius trick to getting your loadout in seconds.
Loadouts are what sets Warzone apart from all of the other battle royale games. Getting your own custom weapon gives a massive advantage over those with ground loot, so getting a Loadout Drop as soon as possible is key to winning.
It can be tough to get your Loadout Drop in the chaos of the early game, but a clever strategy from streamer IceManIsaac can get your team a Loadout Drop and free UAV in seconds.
To instantly get a Loadout Drop in Warzone, all players need to do is land on a Top Secret Contract in Fortune’s Keep. This will starts a random Contract such as Supply Run, Scavenger, or a Bounty, and you’ll get a whopping $8,000 as well as a UAV.
IceManIsaac explained that the Supply Run won’t task you with traveling across the map like in Caldera, it’ll actually be pretty near, so you’ll be able to land on it in a matter of seconds. A loadout only costs $7500 dollars so you can buy the loadout straight away and have a free UAV to see any approaching enemies.
While doable in Solos, this strategy works best in squads. If one player picks up the Contract and the rest float in the air to complete the task, the process will be even quicker. Even if it’s a Bounty, all of the players can land on top of the target and it won’t matter if they die in the process because of the Resurgence mechanic.
Fortune’s Keep is pure chaos in the early game, so securing yourself a loadout before anyone else will be sure to set you up for success.
For more Warzone, be sure to check out how players have abandoned Rebirth Island in favor of Fortune’s Keep.
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